Costa Rica has a couple ‘must-do’ activities: zip lining and wildlife spotting. Most persons who come to visit Costa Rica have only a short time to make the most of all Costa Rica has to offer. That means maximizing the time between adrenaline and relaxation, and splitting time spent tanning on the beach with exploring rainforests.
Luckily, you can do both and more on the same day, while accommodating the different inclinations that your travel group may have.
Adventure parks are located throughout the country. Most are not more than 30 minutes outside a major beachside or inland town; some are easy to get to via rental car or arranged transport and some… well it is Costa Rica, where the wheels on the bus go bump, bump, bump. Places like Monteverde, Arenal, Jacó, Manuel Antonio and Playas del Coco are hubs of activity that showcase different microclimates.
Combo tours at the various adventure parks provide a selection of activities that will fit your schedule. Most adventure parks offer the flexibility of single activities or combos of multiple activities for a discounted rate. Being in more remote areas, lunch and refreshments tend to be available and transport is easily arranged.
Costa Rica is well known for its innovative conservation practices that have been responsible for the reforestation of 70% of its land. In the last 30 years, there has been a concerted effort to link conservation to economic growth. This is especially evident with the adventure parks across Costa Rica. Parks cover hundreds of acres, and less than 10% of that land has structures. Through trails and ziplines, many waterfalls, canyons and tree tops of primary and secondary rainforests can be explored.
Parks offer a notable economic benefit by employing large numbers of locals in the specific areas. They showcase the best the country has to offer: nature, friendliness and a high level of professionalism. With tourism products and services that highlight the natural beauty and biodiversity of the country, ventures like the adventure parks have helped elevate communities especially outside the urban cities of the capital.
The challenge may be how to choose which park to go to. Ziplining is at the core of each adventure park. Mixing and matching that with a range of other activities depends on what Costa Rica list of activities and destinations you’d like to capture in your group and selfie pics.
As a sampling of the various activities available, here’s one combo package from each of four prime tourist areas: